The Kind Worth Killing
Author: Peter Swanson
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense
Release Date: February 10th 2015 (first published January 1st 2015)
Total Length: 1o hours & 18 minutes
Audible Link: The Kind Worth Killing
Every time a book is compared to Gone Girl I end up feeling disappointed after reading it. They just don’t seem to meet my expectations. I love a good psychological thriller, but I’m sick and tired of everything being compared to Gone Girl. Then along comes The Kind Worth Killing which I just so happened to stumble upon as the daily deal on Audible.com! I figured I would get it for multiple reasons, one being it was really cheap and the other being that is was a psychological thriller that was not compared to Gone Girl or The Girl On The Train. I am so glad that I decided to pick it up as it was quite the pleasant surprise!
Goodreads synopsis: A devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder. This is a modern re-imagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train from the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart. On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. But their game turns dark when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.” From there, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they plot Miranda’s demise, but soon these co-conspirators are embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse–one they both cannot survive–with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.
The Kind Worth Killing turned out to be one of the better psychological thrillers I have ever read. It was full of twists and turns and surprises which I love, especially when you don’t see them coming!
The writing style was fantastic. It was really descriptive, but not in a way that starts to feel boring after a while. The descriptions were well done in the sense that it helped me to visualize the story quite vividly. I loved that the story was divided into three sections consisting of 4 different points of view. The first section of the story is told by the alternating points of view of Lily & Ted. Then it makes the switch over to the alternating points of view of Lily and Miranda. And finally, the third section is told by the alternating points of view of Lily and Detective Kimball. Multiple perspectives combined into one story can sometimes become a little confusing, but in this case it was done extremely well. I loved learning about each of the characters and how they all were somehow connected.
Each of the characters were really well thought out and played their own parts throughout the entire story. I found myself rooting for characters that I shouldn’t necessarily be rooting for, especially because none of the characters within The Kind Worth Killing are necessarily good people. They were all written in a way that makes them almost likable at the same time as being completely awful human beings terrible human beings.
Unlike previous audiobooks I have listened to so far, The Kind Worth Killing was the first to have multiple readers voicing the characters. I really enjoyed that concept as it helped me to differentiate between characters, especially when I started listening to the book after a short break! I would automatically know which character/point of view I was currently listening to.
Although I enjoyed the multiple readers within the audiobook, the woman who voiced Miranda was not very pleasing to my ears. I found that she raised her voice a lot and it was irritating compared to the other three readers who had a much calmer and soothing tone of voice.
Other than that one complaint, The Kind Worth Killing is definitely a book worth reading. It is perfect for those who love psychological thrillers consisting of twists and turns and interesting characters. I found myself wanting to listen to this audiobook 24/7 so I could find out what was going to happen next! I highly recommend giving this one a try, especially if you’ve been let down by one of the countless books compared to popular novels such as Gone Girl and The Girl on The Train.